Chairman’s Update.

September Excavation: A very successful excavation has just ended at the Anglo-Saxon Cemetery. Five skeletons were found. There was a great team atmosphere with experienced and new persons working together, under good supervision. Particular thanks to Steve, Tony H, Sandra, Norman and Colin and also to new member Dale Munn, who started the first day off with a seminar on how to identify the age and sex of skeletons. Steve will of course give his interpretation of the findings on 20th October after the AGM.

October AGM: This is taking place at Harpole Bowling Club at 1900 on Wednesday 20th October, followed by Steve’s presentation. Papers for the AGM will go out in early October. please try and attend. We will investigate providing the ability to attend by Zoom for those that are still isolating.

Norton Juxta Daventry: Marcus Lewis, CLASP Trustee, has written a comprehensive history of Norton and he covers a number of our archaeological sites ( e.g. Bannaventa and Thrupp). This is an interesting read for those of our members that want to understand our patch better. Marcus has very kindly donated 5 copies to CLASP to sell at £15 a copy. Steve and Rob have purchased one each so 3 are still available. Please contact Steve. If not sold before, they will be brought along to the AGM. Beyond that, Marcus has additional copies to sell.

Rob Close

News update July 2021

Note from the Chairman

There have been recent meetings over Zoom of both the Trustees and Organising Committee. The key items discussed were:

  • The dig at the Anglo-Saxon cemetery September 13th to 20th.

    Many of us are looking forward to getting back to fieldwork. The September dig will proceed unless there is a deterioration in COVID circumstances. A booking form will be put on the website by end July and will be emailed out too. All attendees must pre-book and pay the attendance fee of £10 for one day or £20 for two or more. We hope to be starting the CLASP Archaeology Passport Scheme and a separate note will be issued explaining this. A small group will meet before the end of August to review what COVID related requirements will need to be in place. All attendees will be expected to adhere to these.

  •  CLASP Field Centre

    The sale of the Farm has fallen through, and the farm is back on the market. This reintroduces uncertainty as to whether we will be allowed to stay longer term. Trustees will continue to develop contingency plans for if we are not. Trustees visited the Northants Archaeology Resource Centre at Chester Farm and were impressed with the facilities there. If necessary, our artefacts could be moved to the Centre.


    Trustees have agreed that the 2021 AGM will, again subject to any COVID circumstances, be held at Harpole at 1900 on Wednesday 20th October. Presentations will include the September dig and the Field Centre.

  • CLASP Website

    There is ongoing work to enhance the Website including the review of links and hopefully putting more information about the Anglo-Saxon cemetery (what we have done and what we hope to achieve) ahead of the dig. All ideas to enhance the Website are welcomed.

Rob Close

Latest 100 Club winners notification

Many congratulations to Norman Garnett, winner for September 2021, Salma Pervez, August’s winner and  John Baxter, winner of the June 2021 100 club draw!

Spring 2021 newsletter released

The CLASP newsletter for Spring 2021 is now available in the usual location.

CLASP memorial lectures 2021

The 2021 CLASP memorial lectures series was a great success, and very well attended. Our thanks to all those who gave their time. If you missed any of the talks and would like to catch up, or would like to view any again, please visit the Vimeo showcase.


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CLASP Conference 2016 online
Watch the videos of the proceedings (on Vimeo): nine talks plus the welcome and panel discussion.


Archaeology – Back To Our Roots
This illustrated account of the Whitehall Farm Roman Villa excavation was published in the spring 2018 edition of Gridline, a publication for National Grid’s grantors and landowners.


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